#BookReview: Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone

5 stars

Genre: YA fantasy

Children of Blood and Bone


  • West African influence
  • Modern-day parallel
  • Refreshing boy-girl take


  • Reckless choices by a character

I loved the Children of Blood and Bone. The world is set in such a vivid way, with accurate turmoil shown and interesting types of people portrayed. (I also liked that Adeyemi tried to parallel modern day dynamics in her fantasy world.) 

Although there were changing perspectives because of the frequent switching of narrators, most of the pacing was smooth. (A few chapters, though, I wanted to dwell in one character’s head longer.)

I really admired the grit of the female characters, particularly Amari, who rebelled against the restraints of the kingdom. I had a little bit of a problem with Zelie because she seemed to throw herself (and get stuck) in dangerous situations where other people had to come assist her. 

I also liked the more nuanced relationship between Zelie and the crown prince. It was refreshing (and surprising) to see it play out in a different way. 

My favorite parts of the novel involved the deep love shown in Zelie’s family, the world steeped in West African culture, and the strong female characters depicted.

A five-star read. 

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  1. I recently heard an agent mention this book (Write On Con)– thanks for this review, I was curious about it.

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